RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The major party candidates for North Carolina governor will get a chance to persuade small business owners that they're best qualified to become the state's next chief executive.
Republican Pat McCrory and Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton are scheduled to speak Tuesday at an event associated with lobbying day in Raleigh for the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The 8,000-member federation is the state's largest small-business association.
Both Dalton and McCrory have connections to the organization. The federation endorsed McCrory for governor in 2008, when the former Charlotte mayor lost narrowly to Democrat Beverly Perdue.
Dalton participated in many federation-sponsored small business round-table meetings early in his term as lieutenant governor.